Ocean Protection Council Meeting – January 24, 2023 – Teleconference and Public Forum

OPC Meeting Agenda


Tuesday, January 24, 2023
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hybrid Meeting

California Natural Resources Agency Headquarters Auditorium
715 P Street, Sacramento, California 95814

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Webcast recording (YouTube)

1. Welcome, Introductions and Council Member Announcements
Secretary Crowfoot, Council Chair

2. Update from Executive Director
Jenn Eckerle, Executive Director

3. Update from the Science Advisor
Liz Whiteman, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust

4. Informational Item: Annual State of the Coast and Ocean Report
Justine Kimball, Ph.D., Senior Program Manager

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 2: Advance Equity Across Ocean and Coastal Policies and Actions; Objective 2.1: Enhance Engagement with Tribes

5. Action Item: Consideration and Approval of OPC’s Tribal Engagement Strategy and Disbursement of Funds to Establish a Tribal Small Grants Program
Mike Esgro, Senior Program Manager

Advancing Strategic Plan Goals 1 and 3: Goal 1: Safeguard Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and Communities in the Face of Climate Change; Objective 1.1: Build Resiliency to Sea-Level Rise, Coastal Storms, Erosion and Flooding; Objective 1.3: Improve Understanding of Climate Impacts on California’s Coast and Ocean, Objective 1.4: Understand the Role of California’s Marine Protected Areas in Conferring Climate Resilience. Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity; Objective 3.1: Protect and Restore Coastal and Marine Ecosystems; Objective 3.3: Support Sustainable Marine Fisheries and Thriving Fish and Wildlife Populations

6. Action Items: Consideration and Approval of Disbursement of Proposition 68 Funds for Projects that Increase Understanding of Climate Change Impacts and Build Coastal Resilience

6a. Consideration of Authorization to Disburse Proposition 68 Chapter 10 Funds for Projects Advancing Coastal Resilience to Sea Level Rise
Megan Williams, Climate Change Sea Grant Fellow

6a.1 Impact of sea level rise on intertidal communities: assessment to inform resilience-based management and conservation priorities

6a.2 Characterizing geomorphological and ecological features of sandy beaches and dunes to prepare for shifting coastlines

6a.3 Characterizing Contaminated Sites in the San Francisco Bay Region and Their Exposure to Future Sea Level Rise and Groundwater Flooding

6a.4 Informing policy and management around climate vulnerability of California’s natural surfing capital

6a.5 Bayshore Bikeway Resiliency Project: Phase 1, Final Engineering Design

6a.6 Big Canyon Coastal Wetland Restoration and Adaptation Project, Phase 3

6b. Consideration and Approval of Disbursement of Proposition 68 Chapter 9 Funds for Projects that Improve Understanding of Marine Protected Areas and Climate Resiliency
Elyse Goin, Biodiversity Sea Grant Fellow

6b.1 Climate resilience and California’s MPA Network: Management options and opportunities

6b.2 Identifying the vulnerability of fishing communities and targeted species to climate change to optimize the role of MPAs in enhancing socio-ecological resilience

6b.3 Identifying pathways to distributive equity in MAP Management in a changing climate

6b.4 Projecting habitat and indicator species distributions for beach and surf zone ecosystems in current and future conditions within CA’s MPA Network

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity; Objective 3.4: Improve Coastal and Ocean Water Quality

7. Action Item: Consideration and Approval of Disbursement of Funds to Address Plastic Pollution; Implementation of California’s Microplastics Strategy and Ocean Litter Strategy
Kaitlyn Kalua, J.D., Program Manager

7a. Competitive Call for Microplastics Research Program

7b. Supporting the Development of a Statewide Plastics Monitoring Network

7.b.1 Microplastics Sample Collection Method Evaluation and  Standardization

7.b.2 Development of Statewide Plastic and Microplastic Monitoring Plan

7c. Technical Support and Implementation of Los Angeles County Single Use Plastics Ordinance

Advancing Strategic Plan Goal 3: Enhance Coastal and Marine Biodiversity; Objective 3.1: Protect and Restore Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

8. Action Items: Consideration and Approval of Disbursement of Funds to Support Estuarine Marine Protected Area Monitoring
Lindsay Bonito, Program Manager

9. Consent Item: Consideration and Approval of Disbursement of Funds to the California Fishermen’s Resiliency Association
Justine Kimball, Ph.D., Senior Program Manager

10. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

11. Arrangements for Next Meeting and Adjournment
Monday, April 24, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: CNRA Auditorium and Zoom participation available.


Agenda items may be re-ordered at the discretion of the Council Chair.

Providing Public Comment:

Written Comments: Written comments should be sent to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov by 9:00 a.m. on January 23, 2023.  If you are writing about an item on the Council’s agenda, please include the item number in the email subject line. If you are writing with a general comment, please include a brief title for your comment.

Oral Comments: For each item on the agenda and at the end of the public meeting on non-agenda items, the OPC Chair will ask whether there are any requests for public comment. If you are participating via Zoom and want to provide oral comments on a specific agenda item, you will need to “Raise your hand” during the Zoom meeting. *If calling into the meeting from a telephone, you can use “Pound (#) 2” to raise/ lower your hand.

Once your hand is raised and it is your turn to speak, the meeting facilitator will unmute you, announce your name, and you will be able to make your public comment to the Council. *Depending on how you have called in, you may also need to unmute yourself.

A speaker’s time allotment for a specific agenda item is at the discretion of the Chair but generally limited to two minutes. It is strongly recommended, though not required, that public comments be submitted in writing beforehand so they can be distributed to all Council members for review prior to the meeting. After your public comment, your hand will be lowered and you will be placed back on mute.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Holly Shand at holly.shand@resources.ca.gov.

Any person who has a disability and requires accommodation to participate in this council meeting should contact Ms. Shand no later than five days prior to the meeting.

Due to COVID-19, it is highly recommended that a mask be worn by those attending in person.  

Categories: Funding Opportunities and Updates, OPC Meetings, Strategic Goal 1: Climate Change, Strategic Goal 2: Equity, Strategic Goal 3: Biodiversity